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Can you suggest me some depressing music?

Asked by Vunessuh (16704points) March 16th, 2010

When I write, I get much of my inspiration from music. Right now, I’m looking for songs that are depressing, sad, or dark. I love melancholy music.
Basically, songs that have struck a chord with you and/or made you emotional.
Songs that are truly deep and substantial whether it’s in the lyrics or the rhythm/beat.

Here are some examples of what I’m looking for:
How To Disappear Completely – Radiohead
Closer – Kings of Leon
Make This Go On Forever – Snow Patrol
Everybody Hurts – REM
Mad World – Gary Jules

Even if they’re not necessarily depressing, but represent something beautiful and meaningful, preferably at a slower pace. (I’m not really interested in anything too upbeat.)
Breathe Me – Sia
Almost Lover – A Fine Frenzy
Hometown – Adele

Instrumentals are great as well.

Tell me what you’ve got. :)

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Cheeseball451's avatar

More than a memory – Garth Brooks

aprilsimnel's avatar

I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish – The Smiths

Gee, anything by Morrissey or The Smiths and you won’t be far wrong.

Rarebear's avatar

Gorecki Symphony #3.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Everything by Nine Inch Nails

Fred931's avatar

Editors, if you’re into something electronic-based but still rather enjoyable. Especially “Bricks and Mortar” from In This Light And On This Evening.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Right Away, Great CaptainLike Lions Do

Antony and the JohnsonsThe Atrocities

tinyfaery's avatar

Someone already said The Smiths.

The Shins, A Comet Appears is a good one.

mrentropy's avatar

and Tori Amos

Berserker's avatar

I listen to a lot of metal and industrial, and people often think that this genre is much about death and destruction, which really is a fallacy. It’s as much about anything as any genre, at least, for folks who are willing to go beyond whatever the mainstream says of any genre.

Nevertheless, many metal and industrial artists are hopeless romantics at heart, and tragedy is often a reoccurring concept.

I don’t know if these lyrics will do it for you, but this could be a good place to start, although this band is known for their crap lyrics but totally awesome beats.

Suicide Commando

The following is more of a pick me up song, but since there’s no real conclusion to the concept of its subject, it seems real and depressing enough. almost always makes me cry I’m such a wuss haha

VNV Nation

We all know that silence is never the key, but this band seems to think that living with your own shit eating you from the inside is better than the alternative which often ends up in people taking advantage of your sorrows and pains.

Raised Fist

This guy here, in my opinion is a fucking genius, and I always feel something with his work. In this case this is very melancholic and sad.


But I’m not sure if this is what you’re really looking for…it works for me anyways, but yeah, try em out. :)

Oh and this too before my ten minutes is up lol.

rangerr's avatar

Last Kiss – Pearl Jam
The Freshman -The Verve Pipe
Life Is Beautiful – Nikki Sixx I’m going through my depressing playlist, I’m not sure if it’s what you’re looking for, but it fits kinda.
Travellin’ Soldier – Dixie Chicks
Lullaby For The Taken Kimya Dawson
Be Here Now -Ray LaMontagne
Hold You In My Arms -Ray LaMontagne
When I Go Down -Relient K
Let It All Out – Relient K
View From Heaven -Yellowcard
Forever Young -Alphaville
Why Georgia -John Mayer
Enjoy The Silence -Depeche Mode

This playlist is about 200 songs long… so I’m going to stop here. I don’t even know if it’s what you’re looking for, but it’s what I listen to when I get in that mood.

Seth's avatar

Worried Shoes – Karen O and the Kids

holden's avatar

Slide by The Dresden Dolls. It’s a song about child abduction. Doesn’t really get more depressing than that.

chels's avatar

@poisonedantidote Just listened and that would not surprise me if it were true.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Also Creep by STP
AKA “Half the man I used to be” by Nirvana…

holden's avatar

“Creep” by Radiohead.

poisonedantidote's avatar

@chels the show QI talked about it, thats my source, i cant seem to find the clip though.

Vunessuh's avatar

Thanks to everyone so far. I will go through and listen to everything today and let you all personally know what I think.
@papayalily & @holden I’m a huge fan of Nine Inch Nails. :)

lunabean's avatar

cancer – my chemical romance

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@Vunessuh You said you like Sia, so you may also enjoy:

Anna TernheimSuch A Lonely Soul

lonelydragon's avatar

Here’s my list of sad songs (some of them are not 100% depressing, but very slow in tempo. Feel free to try them and use them if they fit your mood):

“Monday Morning” and “Dreams”—Fleetwood Mac.
“Nocturne for violin and piano”—Chopin. One of the most somber songs I’ve ever heard.
“No More I Love You’s”—Annie Lennox
“Zebra”—Beach House
“Low is a Height”—Great Northern
“River of Sorrows”—Antony and the Johnsons
“Last High”—Dandy Warhols
“A PainThat I’m Used To”—Depeche Mode

Will let you know if I think of any more.

holden's avatar

@Vunessuh that’s because he makes excellent fucking music.

DeanV's avatar

Joy Division. So much Joy Division. And some Interpol, maybe.

holden's avatar

Not a sad song, but beautiful and melancholic: Horses by Tori Amos.

Draconess25's avatar

Look What You’ve Done—Jet
Cry With A Smile—After Forever
All I Need, Frozen, Hand Of Sorrow—Within Temptation
Goodbye—Bionic Jive
Wither, Endless Sacrifice—Dream Theater

I’m usually depressed, so yeah….

lloydbird's avatar

Do Despair.

Not that it ever makes me.

nebule's avatar

Damien Rice ftw

lukiarobecheck's avatar

Anything by Elliott Smith. His music is amazing. Perfect music for a downer mood.

Cruiser's avatar

This one just might be too cheery…butt it works for me!

Cruiser's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille That was a low blow, now I am totally depressed…nice going!

liminal's avatar

Sarah McLachlan- Do What You Have to Do

Tori Amos and Annie Difranco Silent All These Years

Iron & Wine – Naked As We Came

Indigo Girls- Kid Fears

Evanescence- Missing

Chocolate Genius – My Mom

Berserker's avatar

Omg the Gloomy Sunday song is really something. I don’t feel like offing myself, but it seriously has feeling.

liminal's avatar

I forgot about this one: Vic chesnutt Flirted With You All My LIfe

It is his break up song with death.

Vunessuh's avatar

Sorry, this took me a while. I had to go through and listen to everything.
@Cheeseball451 I’m not a huge fan of country, but I found that song to be really beautiful so I downloaded it. Thanks.
@aprilsimnel I’ve never heard of The Smiths. I like their music. Thanks.
@Rarebear Thanks so much for suggesting an instrumental. I love the sound of violins and have been looking for some new instrumentals. Check out E.S. Posthumus. I think you’ll like them.
@Fred931 I like them. Thank you!
@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities You seriously hit the nail on the head! Wow. All three of those are seriously beautiful. They’re exactly what I wanted. The Atrocities is amazing. Such a Lonely Soul is beautiful. Thank you. :D
@tinyfaery Great song. :)
@mrentropy I like Tori. Never heard of Emilie, but she has a very pretty voice.
@Mike_Hunt I love me some Pink Floyd.
@Symbeline I really, really like Illusion. Thanks, hot stuff.
@rangerr Thank you for the links to all of those. Lullaby for the Taken reminds me of a song from Juno. Be Here Now is really, really beautiful.
@chels Those songs are exactly what I’m looking for. I especially like Going to a Town and Colorblind. Thank you!
@Seth Aw, very pretty. I also really like the song that was played in the trailer by Arcade Fire – Wake up.
@holden Oh gosh. Slide just rips your heart out. :/
@poisonedantidote I believe it. It hit a nerve when I was listening to it.
@lunabean Thanks. I like it. :)
@lonelydragon Chopin and Fleetwood Mac are great. Low is a Height is really beautiful. Thank you!
@dverhey I like Joy Division too.
@Draconess25 Thanks for your suggestions. The girl from Within Temptation reminds me of Amy Lee. Great songs.
@lloydbird Oh, I’m in love with it. Thank you!
@lynneblundell & @filmfann Damien is great! Thanks.
@Cruiser I like it. The biscuit ad in the beginning was more exciting though.
@lucillelucillelucille Good call. Anything by William Shatner makes me cry.
@liminal Thank you for the suggestions. Good call on Evanescence. I like them. :) And My Mom is a great one.

If I missed anyone, I’m sorry. Thanks to all again. I downloaded a shitload and now I’m burning a cd. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

chels's avatar

@Vunessuh You wanting songs like “Mad World” and “Breathe Me” literally like.. That’s what I listen to when I want depressing stuff, so I knew what you wanted. If you want some more, let me know!

Vunessuh's avatar

@chels When you have time, please PM me with some more. I’d appreciate it. :)

chels's avatar

@Vunessuh Definitely! I’ll go through my iPod now. Ha!

aprilsimnel's avatar

Ah, glad to pass on knowledge of The Smiths and all that good old-fashioned indie rock from back in the day. ::leans on cane:: ;)

iam2smart99037's avatar

“Miserable At Best” – Mayday Parade was my favorite song for the longest time

“Hello” – Evanescence saddest, most beautiful song Amy Lee has ever sung

“Like A Knife” – Secondhand Serenade awesome emo lyrics

“Untitled” – Simple Plan (that’s the title lol) makes me think about what death is like

“Through Her Eyes” – Dream Theater tragic, but pretty

Vunessuh's avatar

@iam2smart99037 Thank you! I’m a fan of Evanescence and Hello happens to be one of my favorite songs of theirs. The other ones are great. :)

SABOTEUR's avatar

Elton John – Ticking

SABOTEUR's avatar

You’re welcome, @Vunessuh.

naffion's avatar

Anything from Bat for lashes.
Black Cherry – Goldfrapp
Skinny Love – Bon Iver
No Ordinary Morning – Chicane
Don’t Bring Me Down – Sia
Feeling Oblivion – Turin Brakes
Rain City – Turin Brakes
Sommersault – Zero 7
Home- Zero 7
As the Rush Comes – Motorcycle Boy
Sullen Girl – Fiona Apple
Never Is A Promise – Fiona Apple
The Knife – Grizzly Bear
Don’t Fight It – The Panics
This Mess We’re In – PJ Harvey
Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
Set Fire to the Third Bar – Snow Patrol

mrentropy's avatar

Nothing Touches by New Model Army

Draconess25's avatar

I’m Already There—Lonestar,
No Rainbow—Deadboy & The Elephant Men,
World Of Her Own—Broken Sound
Not One Of Us—The Lion King.

Vunessuh's avatar

@bob_ Great song.
@naffion Thanks for the great suggestions. Somersault is a beautiful song. I love Set the Fire to the Third Bar. I heard that song weeks ago and fell in love. :)
@mrentropy I couldn’t find that song on iTunes or Limewire. :(
@Draconess25 Thanks for adding more. :)

mrentropy's avatar

@Vunessuh It’s on the Thunder & Consolation album, if that helps any.

Vunessuh's avatar

@mrentropy Either I’m blind, or iTunes just doesn’t have it. I did look it up on Youtube though and found it. Now I’m irritated I can’t get it off of Limewire. It’s beautiful. Thanks.

bob_'s avatar

Oh, hey, there’s also Only happy when it rains.

Vunessuh's avatar

@bob_ I like Bleed Like Me as well. I have one of their albums.

bob_'s avatar

@Vunessuh I have all of them XD

mrentropy's avatar

@Vunessuh NMA isn’t one of the most popular bands, for some reasons. They may not be on iTunes, which is a shame. Glad you like it, though :)

Vunessuh's avatar

@mrentropy They are on iTunes. Just not that song. I’ll find a downloadable version somewhere. :)

mrentropy's avatar

Oh, and Come Away Melinda by Uriah Heep is pretty depressing, too.

downtide's avatar

Anything by The Smiths (80s mainly). Guaranteed to make anyone depressed.

Vunessuh's avatar

@downtide Thanks. I got a lot of suggestions for them. I’m surprised I’ve never heard of them before now.

downtide's avatar

@Vunessuh they sort of faded into obscurity after the end of the 80s.

tinyfaery's avatar

Nuh uh. Moz still performs all the time and The Smiths are still one of my favorite bands.

lloydbird's avatar

Not ”depressing”, just very sad. This song

HungryGuy's avatar

Rest in Pieces by Misanthrope.

serena933's avatar

Most depressing album ever:
Stabbing Westward- Entire album:“Darkest Days”

Stabbing Westward “Wasted”
Jeff Buckley-“Last Goodbye”
The Cure-(most everything) one song is-“Pictures of You”
Joy Division- Album-“Unknown Pleasures”
Depeche Mode- “Walking in my Shoes”, “Barrel of a Gun”
Metallica- “Fade to Black”
Duncan Sheik- “November”
Our Lady Peace “4am”
AND…since you like Radiohead’...most depressing song-“No Surprises”, but also “Big Ideas”, “True Love Waits”, “Pyramid Song”, “Exit Music”, “Talk Show Host” great, seriously depressing song after another for you!

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@serena933 Ditto on Stabbing Westward. GA!

Vunessuh's avatar

@serena933 Thank you! I’ll check them all out. I definitely like Radiohead and I’ve yet to hear some of those. :)

Draconess25's avatar

Because Of You—Kelly Clarkson,
Cellar Door—Escape The Fate,
Harder Then You Know—Escape The Fate.

Scooby's avatar


When I’m in a real Dark mood I always lock myself away to listen to Dead can Dance, here’s an example, hope you are inspired! ;-)
Btw long time no see… I know this isn’t along the lines you are looking for but do listen to their tunes, you are sure to fall in love! Maybe!? ;-)X

Macaulay's avatar

Bright Eyes.

anartist's avatar

Delta Dawn
No Man’s Land

Vunessuh's avatar

Thanks you four. :)

anartist's avatar

Israeli National Anthem

and the music is so mournful

anartist's avatar

Blood Red and going down—tanya tucker
long black veil —chieftans

delta dawn and no man’s land also by Tanya tucker

anartist's avatar

sittin on the dock of the bay—otis redding

anartist's avatar

the wall by pink floyd

Vunessuh's avatar

@anartist The song in the link is very mournful, but I do like it. It’s definitely very different.
The Wall is a great one. :)

anartist's avatar

many ballads by joan baez
like barbara allen
the silkie

anartist's avatar

The melody fits the song. It was the song of Zionists without a homeland before it was the Israeli anthem

The words to hatikvah in english:from wikipedia

As long as in the heart, within,
A Jewish soul still yearns,
And onward, towards the ends of the east,
An eye still looks toward Zion;

Our hope is not yet lost,
The ancient hope,
To return to the land of our fathers,
The city where David encamped.

As long as tears from our eyes
Flow like benevolent rain,
And throngs of our countrymen
Still pay homage at the graves of (our) fathers;


As long as our precious Wall
Appears before our eyes,
And over the destruction of our Temple
An eye still wells up with tears;


As long as the waters of the Jordan
In fullness swell its banks,
And (down) to the Sea of Galilee
With tumultuous noise fall;


As long as on the barren highways
The humbled city gates mark,
And among the ruins of Jerusalem
A daughter of Zion still cries;


As long as pure tears
Flow from the eye of a daughter of my nation,
And to mourn for Zion at the watch of night
She still rises in the middle of the nights;


As long as drops of blood in our veins
Flow back and forth,
And upon the graves of our fathers
Dewdrops still fall;


As long as the feeling of love of nation
Throbs in the heart of the Jew,
We can still hope even today
That a wrathful God may still have mercy on us;


Hear, O my brothers in the lands of exile,
The voice of one of our visionaries,
That only with the very last Jew —
Only there is the end of our hope!


anartist's avatar

Oddest thing is I learned this song, melody anyway, as a child in new england, not knowing what it was about, but with totally different words that don’t appear on the web anywhere!

Lo we walk a narrow way,
far from sun or light of day,
march we through
a dark’ning land
sought by foes
on every hand.

God of mercy god of might
hear the prayer we rasise tonight
Out of sorrow bring us gladness
out of darkness
bring us light.

I cannot imagine why these words have disappeared off the face of the earth

anartist's avatar

bessie smith
nobody knows you when you’re down and out
billie holiday strange fruit
louis armstrong st james infirmary

new orleans funeral dirges

the charge of the light brigade

anartist's avatar

take time to know her percy sledge
these empty arms otis redding
dark as a dungeon
merle travis or johnny cash

eve of destruction
barry mcguire

sing me back home before I die
merle haggard

streets of laredo johnny cash

Draconess25's avatar

Here Without You—3 Doors Down,
Never Too ate—Three Days Grace,
Evil Angel—Breaking Benjamin,
Someone Saved My Life Tonight—Elton John,
Yesterday’s Eyes—Bad Obsession.

I think of more songs every day!

anartist's avatar

ode to billy Joe bobbie gentry

what’s your mama’s name tanya tucker

he was a friend of mine dave van ronk

dona dona dona —donovan

bob dylan’s dream

bringing mary home country gentlemen

anartist's avatar

bette midler the rose
kenny rogers the gambler

anartist's avatar

sound the pibroch clancy brothers

and the band played waltxzing matilda clancy brothers

the piano man billy joel

taxi harry chapin

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@anartist You know you can edit in order to post all of these suggestions into one response, right?

anartist's avatar

green green grass of home


anartist's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities I’m done—they just kept coming after I left the q

Just_Justine's avatar

Pink Floyd, Portishead.

Sophief's avatar

Goodbye my Lover – James Blunt

Draconess25's avatar

Bleeding Words—Mobile,
Into The Mystic—Van Morrison.

Mikelbf2000's avatar

Songs from Type O Negative tend to be very depressing lol.

filmfann's avatar

It’s not exactly depressing music, but I want to kill myself everytime I get an earworm by Cher.

Vunessuh's avatar

@MarcoNJ Bloodstream is perfect. I love it. Good call on Clint Mansell. I have a lot of his music. The last song is beeuutiful! Thank you. :)

bob_'s avatar

I found this song to be pretty sad, though I suspect it really isn’t supposed to be. Ah well.

filmfann's avatar

30 years ago, I was taping one of Dr. Demento’s radio shows, and he played a song he refered to as the Hungarian Suicide Song. According to the Doctor, this song was so sad hundreds of Hungarians killed themselves.
How cool is that?
Here is the Billie Holiday version.
Here the original version begins at 1:20

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